Thursday, February 11, 2016 APTA Names Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry Scientific Advisory Panel A game-changer in the physical therapy profession's efforts to document outcomes now has its scientific leadership in place. APTA recently announced the members of the Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) to the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry (Registry), the major APTA initiative to create the most comprehensive database of physical therapy outcomes in the country. The panelists include: James Irrgang, PT, PhD, ATC, FAPTA (Director); Kristin Archer, PT, DPT, PhD; Linda Arslanian, PT, DPT, MS; Janet Freburger, PT, PhD; Christopher Hoekstra, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT; Stephen Hunter, PT, DPT, OCS; Michael Johnson, PT, PhD, OCS; Christine McDonough, PT, PhD; and Linda Woodhouse, PT, PhD. The SAP will provide direction for the Registry on scientific integrity, clinical application, quality, public policy, and research. “The Scientific Advisory Panel represents excellence and a wide range of expertise — research scientists, front-line clinicians and managers, and administrators from the physical therapy business community,” said APTA President Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD, OCS in a news release. As one of the association’s top strategic priorities, the Registry will use the data contributed to show how physical therapy can transform the lives of patients through positive outcomes. Physical therapy practices and facilities can also use the Registry to benchmark their performance and justify services to payers, as well as meet quality reporting requirements. Data from the Registry is published in the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) database, a worldwide universal coding system that provides standardized codes and names for more than 73,000 data elements. Why is the Registry such a big deal? Check out "The Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry Is Totally Into You," part of last year's "Transformation" series to learn more.